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What is a ‘back-door’ plot to overthrow the government?


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What is a ‘back-door’ plot to overthrow the government?
By Zan Azlee

In many countries, conspiracies and plots to overthrow the government are serious crimes. I agree because it is undemocratic to overthrow an elected government.

Depending on what is involved, a group of people (or an individual) could be charged with treason for doing something like that.

So when the Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said a group of members of parliament were plotting to overthrow the government, I took it seriously.

I thought that things were getting dangerous and I imagined all kinds of scenarios, including violent coup d’etat the likes of those in South America and Middle East.

What scary “back-door” tactics were going to be used by this gang of rogue MPs? To be honest, I was afraid how this would affect the lives of all Malaysians.

Then I heard the accusation of what this “back-door” tactic was. Apparently, a group of MPs were planning to sign a statutory declaration (SD).

They were going to declare in the SDs that they would had no confidence in the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

This took me by surprise. How did Zahid equate this to being an undemocratic and a “back-door” conspiracy or plot to overthrow the government?

Several Cabinet members have even been vocal that this is undemocratic because the only way to change the government is through a general election.

But isn’t it stated quite clearly in the Federal Constitution that MPs have a right to hold a vote for no-confidence in the prime minister’s leadership?

And with that vote of no-confidence, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong can remove the prime minister or dissolve Parliament and call for fresh elections. That is quite constitutional, to say the least.

And if we’re already looking at the legalities of it, isn’t the legal system in Malaysia based on precedence through previous court cases?

Remember the 2009 Perak assembly saga? After the elections, there was a flip-flopping of assemblymen defecting and crossing over from one party to another.

This resulted in the Pakatan Rakyat-led state government to call for a dissolution of the assembly. But, the opposition Barisan Nasional fought its claim for the government in court.

And the court ruled that the defections and crossovers would hold. Hence BN grabbed the state government from Pakatan Rakyat.

Would that not mean that there is already a precedence that a claim for the government could be made through legal means instead of through a general election?

Now I’m thankful that this “back-door” conspiracy or plot to overthrow the government does not involve violent means and I am no longer afraid.

But, I’m still unsure of how this intention to sign an SD to declare no confidence in the prime minister may be considered undemocratic and a “back-door” plot to overthrow the government.

Oh well.

[This article originally appeared at The Malaysian Insider]

Why is the Ministry of Education de-prioritising English again?


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Why is the Ministry of Education de-prioritising English again?
By Zan Azlee

I do not support the postponement of English being a mandatory pass for the SPM examination by the Ministry of Education which was announced on Wednesday.

The reason given by the Board of Examination for the postponement is to give the teachers, students and all other parties involved to better prepare for it.

This baffles me because it seemed that everything was already in place to strengthen English in schools all around the country.

Under the Education Blueprint, steps had been taken such as giving training to English language teachers, having native speakers as teaching assistants, and more.

It sounded like everything was fine and dandy and moving along well. The English language was being given the importance that it deserved in our education system. But not anymore, I guess.

I can’t understand why this is being delayed. As it is, Malaysians are already so far behind because of the lack of proficiency in the main lingua franca of the world.

I am very passionate about education and have quite significant experience teaching undergraduates in both public and private universities and colleges.

In the public universities that I have taught in, I would roughly say that 70 percent of the students do not have even a basic level of English skills.

And although the medium of education is English, I would have to resort to speaking Bahasa Malaysia for most of the time I lectured so they would understand.

I have a few problems with this.

Firstly, a majority of new information, research material and data are in the English language. It is only natural because it s the main language medium of the world.

And when students do now have the necessary language skills to understand this material, they are at a disadvantage when it comes to their education.

Their world becomes so many times smaller than everyone else because their exposure to information and knowledge is so much more limited.

Yes, one can argue that there are countries and cultures that are weak in English but yet very advanced and knowledge such as South Korea and Japan.

But these are countries that have, for decades, been aggressively pursuing their own research and studies that they have even become leaders in certain fields of studies.

So much so that people from other countries are even clamouring and struggling to learn their languages so they can gain the knowledge. Has Malaysia achieved that level yet? I doubt it.

Then there is the issue with religion as perceived in Malaysia, in particularly Islam (another aspect of life that I am very passionate about).

Malaysians are so obsessed with the rituals of the religion such as how much area of the skin touches water during ablution or if the index finger moves too much during prayers.

If you notice, a lot of the local Islamic books in Bahasa Malaysia deal with topics like these.

This is a big difference compared to the rest of the progressive Muslim world who are discussing and debating much more significant and holistic issues of the religion.

They are having intellectual discourse on issues such as how best to interpret and adapt the religion to the current times which is so different than the time of the Prophet Muhammad.

And intellectual Muslim thinkers who are leading the way in this discourse, such as Tariq Ramadan and Ziauddin Sardar, are all using English as the language of communication.

So for Malaysians to move forward in the world, wouldn’t it be the wiser decision to empower Malaysians with English skills as soon as possible rather than later?

[This article originally appeared at English.AstroAwani.Com]

The Fat Bidin Film Club (Ep 22) – Cobain: Montage of Heck


The Fat Bidin Film Club (Ep 22) – Cobain: Montage of Heck

Zan always wanted to be Kurt Cobain when he was in secondary school. He even made his two brothers, including Aizyl, play air drums and air bass while he played air guitar and sang Lithium into an air microphone when they were younger.

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The Fat Bidin Vlog (Ep 3) – Melaka has good food, bad tours & fake graves of Malay heroes!


The Fat Bidin Vlog

Ep 3 – Melaka has good food, bad tours & fake graves of Malay heroes!

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The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 60) – Voting in Parliament is undemocratic now?


The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 60) – Voting in Parliament is undemocratic now?

Apparently there’s a BN MP who’s planning to sign some Statutory Declaration and vote against the Prime Minister in a vote of no confidence in Parliament. And apparently that’s undemocratic?

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